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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is ben bland. our top stories: in sweden's general election, the far right party gains almost 18% of the vote. north korea is celebrating its 70th anniversary — mass games follow a huge military parade. as the bombs fall on idlib province, the un warns of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in syria. heading for the great pacific garbage patch — a giant clean—up operation sets sail. election results in sweden are showing the far right anti—immigration and anti—eu party, the sweden democrats, have made some gains. according to the latest figures
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from sweden's public broadcaster the center—left social democrats. led by the prime minister, stefan lofven, are in first place with 28.4 percent of the vote. the moderates, led by ulf kristers—son, have 19.8%. and the sweden democrats, whose leader isjimmie akesson, are in third place, with 17.6% — giving them cause to celebrate, asjenny hill reports from stockholm. cheering this is their night. the far rightjust made swedish political history. the sweden democrats don't like the eu, they don't like migrants, and they have just up—ended this country's liberal tradition. translation: more people have understood the situation now, that we can't carry on like this. we have the politics that swedish people want so the judgement and the rhetoric will change a lot. prime minister, jenny hill from the bbc. are you feeling worried? laughter for sweden's prime minister, it's a battle for the soul
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of the country. i'm very concerned, of course. this is important. either we stay with a decent democracy or we choose another path. stefan lofven‘s centre—left party still tops the polls, but a strengthened far—right won't make it easy for them. it's a historic day for sweden, but perhaps for europe too. you really get the sense here of a political establishment under pressure. mr lofven, has your government failed to address voters‘ concerns over migration? no simple answers for a country which took in more people seeking asylum per head of population than anywhere else in europe. the far—right‘s promised to show sweden something different. they proffer security, a new identity for this fragmenting society. they want to take sweden back 100 years, and we're not going to take it. what do you think about
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the government here? do they do enough for you as a person? no, i don't think so, no. because today it's a rich land, but where is the money? not to the people. the political establishment have ruled out a coalition with the far right, for now. and tonight, sweden's waiting, impossible to predict who is going to run this country. north korea has been marking the 70th anniversary of the country being founded — with a series of big events. for the first time since 2013, pyongyang hosted the ‘mass games‘ — a gymnastic display featuring thousands of entertainers. one part of the pageant likened international sanctions to "waves" that would break against the strong self—reliance of north korea. but the tone was more conciliatory than in previous years. earlier a massive military parade also appeared to be less provocative.
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long range missiles were not on display, a move that's been welcomed by the us president donald trump. laura bicker reports from the south korean capital seoul. it's a disciplined display, meant to show devotion and military might. but on this occasion a key piece of north korea's hardware was missing. of course, there was the usual fervour from kim jong—un‘s foot soldiers. but the most advanced ballistic missiles were kept out of sight. it seems kimjong—un has decided not to provoke the united states at this sensitive time. instead, he took the hand of china's envoy, showing the world he has powerful friends. the bbc was not invited to pyongyang, but we did speak to north korean defectors who took part in past events. translation: it really was a painful experience. the people suffered.
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this was just days and days of pain and suffering. it can take up to six months to prepare, ten hours of rehearsals a day with very little food. the goose—stepping in particular is difficult to master, especially while turning your head towards the dear leader. translation: you have to lift up the back leg at the same time your front leg hits the ground. this is very difficult. if you do this for six months, you can lose over five kilograms. complaining is not an option. translation: absolutely not. as soon as you did it, it would be saying, "kill me." away from the waving pyongyang elite, there are fears north korea is on the verge of a food crisis as crops fail after a heatwave. the kim family show only what they want the world to see. just like the missiles,
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north korea has so much hidden from view, and until that changes, the international community will find it difficult to trust. laura bicker, bbc news in seoul. iamjoined i am joined now from seoul by a professor of chinese studies at. but to have you with us. do what you make the absence of ballistic missile is and the toned down the rhetoric we saw during the pageant. it isa rhetoric we saw during the pageant. it is a deliberate choice by kim jong—un. he is aware that the world is watching and that the audience of one donald trump was watching to see what he did in terms of putting the missiles out from not. it is a symbol of restraint, a symbol that i think we have to look at in the
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context of other things that are going on. there is a flurry of inter— korean diplomacy. the south korean president is headed to pyonyang and it is a positive and encouraging message for president of moon that he can maybe move things forward. the other key context for not putting out the big stuff is this issue of kim jong and announcing a shift that he announced backin announcing a shift that he announced back in april of the national strategy. away from progressing the nuclear programme to now putting all effort on economic development. there were many elements of that from the reporting i have seen in terms of yesterday ‘s parade and the games. when we put it in that context it is a positive signal. things that can keep moving forward ina good things that can keep moving forward in a good direction. that said, however, we had a situation recently where the visit by the us secretary of state was called off at short
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notice because of a feeling that not enough was being done to meet the terms agreed to during the summit between the us and north korea. that is right and critics have a valid point. when they look back at singapore, the criticism is that the framework they agreed to use to lose and too vague because, in fact, the trump administration does not have grounds to say that kim jong—un is in violation of anything agreed because they did not reach a specific agreement or a timetable. when the secretary when free follow—up negotiation injuly, the two sides did not get anywhere. so there is no question that at the negotiating level, at the secretary of state level, the us north korea process has stalled. but what is important is that you are still seeing political signals by kim that he wants to move forward with the framework. the denuclearisation, a
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new relationship between the us and north korea. now boasts kimjong—un and donald trump have renewed their commitment and they do want to realise that framework. commitment and they do want to realise that frameworklj commitment and they do want to realise that framework. i wonder what you make of the significance of the first mass games being held since 2013. what do we read into that? i wish i were there to watch it. idid that? i wish i were there to watch it. i did go and meet some people in north korea and i saw the mass games in their last iteration to times. so it will be interesting to compare. it isa it will be interesting to compare. it is a lot of signalling. the mass games are also important in terms of the domestic signalling, as is the parade. again, you need to look for the message from kim jong—un about economic development. your correspondence made a good point, criticising the conditions in the country but the flipside that is that kim jong—un is consistently sending this message to the north
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korean people that the economy is going to improve. so he is raising the audience to deliver on that promise. we have deceived the content promise. we have deceived the co nte nt of promise. we have deceived the content of the mass games also sense that domestic signal. john joining us that domestic signal. john joining us from seoul, thank you very much. let's get some of the day's other news. the son of jair bolsonaro has said his father is recovering well after being stabbed on thursday. flavio bolsonaro told a crowd of his father's supporters on copacabana beach he was able to walk on saturday for the first time since the attack. the controversial politician has won support for his tough stance on crime, but has outraged many in brazil with racist and homophobic comments. polls suggest he could win the first round of voting in 0ctober‘s presidential elections. twenty handguns and almost $10 million worth of class a drugs have been seized by uk border force officers at dover. they were found hidden in a truck carrying photocopier paper. the drugs included ketamine, cocaine and heroin. two men from poland were arrested and will appear in court
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on monday morning. firefighters are battling a new round of wildfires in california, even as earlier fires continue to wind down. a 50—mile stretch of the interstate was closed this weekend because of the fires which have now covered more than 40,000 acres. meanwhile local politicians are looking into a possible billion—dollar programme to reduce the risk of fires in the future. syrian government forces have been accused of using barrel bombs — packed with explosives and shrapnel — on villages in idlib. there are reports of several people, including children, being killed. the un warns there could be a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale not yet seen in syria's civil war which has been going for seven years. 0rla guerin reports from hatay province, on the turkish side of the border. the agony of idlib. the last bastion of armed opposition in syria. the assad regime unleashing
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more air strikes, targeting jihadis it says, but they are surrounded by innocent civilians. 0n the ground, white helmet volunteers, rushing to save some of the latest victims. and among the rubble, a sign of life. and a cry for help. they cut through concrete to save this woman, but activists say seven civilians have been killed this weekend by air strikes and barrel bombs. like five—month—old umaya, her tiny body wrapped in a blanket. britain says there are more babies in idlib than terrorists. abdul umar is safe on the turkish side of the border with his wife and children. they have been here since 2016, but he tells me his parents and siblings remain in idlib. he dials his brother,
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desperate for news, but no relief for his anxiety. he cannot get through. if there is an all—out assault on idlib, he tells me, there will be no mercy shown to civilians. we should learn from the past, he says, from what happened in places like daraa and aleppo. there were killings and destruction, that is why people are terrified of what will happen if the regime and the russians get control of idlib. some are not waiting to find out. they are already on the move. this man says his family was at risk from air strikes, artillery and barrel bombs. but there is no welcome in neighbouring turkey, already home to more than three million syrian refugees. for the people of idlib, no way out. 0rla guerin, bbc news, on the turkey syria border. the head of america's cbs television network is resigning
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after allegations of sexual harassment. reports published by the new yorker magazine say a number of women have accused les moonves of inappropriate behaviour, including sexual assault. mr moonves, who denies any wrongdoing, has agreed a leaving settlement thought to be in the region of $100 million, but cbs says $20 million of that money will be donated to organisations that support the metoo movement and equality for women in the workplace. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we meet some of the hundreds of indonesian boys, suing australia's government over claims they were wronglyjailed as adults on people smuggling charges. freedom itself was attacked this morning, and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes
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the spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here, of the blacks in soweto township as well as the whites in their rich suburbs. we say to you today, in a loud and a clear voice, enough of blood and tears. enough! translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people, caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! this is bbc news, the latest headlines:
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the leader of the sweden democrats says his far—right anti—immigration party is set to gain huge influence over swedish politics after making significant gains in the general election. north korea is celebrating its 70th anniversary with mass games, highlighting kim jong—un's diplomatic campaign and plans for economic development. the latest intervention on brexit by borisjohnson, the former uk foreign secretary, has been attacked as outrageous and disgusting by fellow members of the conservative party. mrjohnson likened the prime minister's proposals to a suicide vest, with the detonator given to the eu. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth reports. neverfarfrom a camera, it seems, but borisjohnson didn't get the warmest welcome from cricket fans at the oval yesterday. perhaps dreaming up his latest attack on the government's brexit plan. in today's mail on sunday,
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he called it feeble and pathetic and said by promising no friction at the irish border... suicide bomb or suicide vest... that language was quickly criticised by tory colleagues. i think there are much better ways to articulate your differences and i think it's a reminder, i think, for all of us in public policy, whichever political party we represent, to use measured language because that's what the public want to see. there is little doubt borisjohnson knew that his comments would provoke reaction. critics have suggested it was a deliberate distraction from revelations about his private life, including the recent announcement about his divorce, but his supporters say his only focus is fighting for brexit, and that's why he's being attacked. i think boris says it as he sees it and it's how many people see it in the country but
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few dare to call it. and he speaks truth unto power and i'm not surprised that those in power resent that and there's a backlash. either way, his willingness to challenge the prime minister has again fuelled speculation about his own ambition. although his allies insist the only change he wants in downing street is a different brexit policy. alex forsyth, bbc news, westminster. australian lawyers are seeking compensation for more than 100 indonesian children. they say in australia they were wronglyjailed as though they were adults. the children were accused of people smuggling and some were held in maximum—security prisons for years. rebecca henschke has the story from the remote island of rote. with no news for months, siti rudi thought she had lost her son, abdul, at sea. translation: after a long time, he called me and told me he was in jail in australia. that was really the hard thing to hear.
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abdul says he was offered good money to work on a boat. he says he didn't know he was headed for neighbouring australian waters, and was carrying on—board migrants desperate to seek asylum there. caught off the coast, he was charged with people—smuggling. his family says he was just 1a at the time. he was convicted in australia as an adult, and jailed in an adult maximum—security prison for 2.5 years. translation: i was scared i would be beaten up and was so far from my family, and held for a long time. he's one of more than 120 indonesian boys who've joined this class action, seeking compensation from the australian authorities. they had no intention of coming to australia and, when they were dealt with in australia, they were dealt with very harshly, and they weren't
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dealt with as children, as they should have been. last year, ali yasmin became the first to have his conviction overturned, thejudge ruling that a miscarriage ofjustice had taken place. translation: my battle forjustice was worth it. what i'm fighting for now is compensation for the long time i spent injail. ali says any money he receives he will use to look after his young family. for erwin prayoga, who was in the same cell as ali, his legal fight comes to like. —— too late. he died just two months after he was released from jail in australia and sent home to remote rote. translation: i have been told, if you're not well then you shouldn't be sent home. so why shortly after coming home he got sick?
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lawyers have obtained his medical records in australia, and are asking the same question. any compensation they receive will be used to put a proper headstone on his grave. rebecca henschke, bbc news, rote. rival far—right and anti—fascist protesters have demonstrated in the town of kothen in east germany, where a german man died after a fight with afghan migrants. prosecutors say a post—mortem examination suggests the victim died of a heart problem. caroline rigby has more. described by right wing groups as a funeral march. around 500 people gathered in the east german town of kothen, stirred by calls from neo—nazis on social media. they marched through the city and lit candles in tribute to a 22—year—old
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german man who died on saturday night following an alleged altercation with afghan migrants. two afg ha ns altercation with afghan migrants. two afghans have been arrested over the death. initial results of a post—mortem examination examination suggests the victim died from a pre—existing heart condition. elsewhere in the town, a smaller number of antifascist protesters also gathered. police were deployed in force to prevent possible violent clashes between demonstrators. the city's my advise residents to stay at home. 0thers appealed for calm. translation: there's always a danger, wejust translation: there's always a danger, we just had translation: there's always a danger, wejust had chemnitz, so things could escalate and i believe nobody wants that. that's why we're trying to talk to people on all sides to reach conciliation, and tell them this is not the moment to let things escalate. just two weeks ago, the eastern city of chemnitz experienced some of the country's mode violent right—wing protests in decades, sparked by the death of a
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german man. to asylum seekers from syria and iraq charged with his manslaughter. germany's chancellor angela merkel has warned vigilante justice will not be tolerated, but this latest incident serves as a reminder of how deeply divided the country remains of the immigration. caroline rigby, bbc news. it is a mostrn blight on the world, the millions of tonnes of plastic floating in the oceans and seas. now an operation has begun to try and tackle the problem. a ship is travelling to one of the worst affected areas, known as the great pacific garbage patch. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. setting sail on a mission to cleanse the seas. in the shadow of san francisco's golden gate bridge, the ocean cleanup begins its journey. towed along behind a six in good metre long boom, that it's hoped will sweep up tons and tons of
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plastic. it's a moment we're looking forward to, we look forward to for the last five years. after all this preparation, all these expeditions, all these scale model tests, this is what it's all about. this is the culmination of all these efforts and very excited to get to the garbage patch to put it to the test. it's estimated the great pacific garbage patch covers an area more than twice the size of texas. a swirling mass of plastic debris and a potential danger to see life. the ocean cleanup will deploy the bloom, creating a coastline where none exists and gathering up the plastic, which will then be removed by another ship. which will then be removed by anothership. environmentalists which will then be removed by another ship. environmentalists fear marine life could get trapped, but the designers insist fish and plankton will be able to swim free underneath. we believe the garbage patch is about 1.7, 1.6 square kilometres. it contains 1.7 trillion
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plastic particles, weighing about 80,000 metric tons. this is the first of a planned 60 such barriers with an aim to remove all the plastic in the great pacific garbage patch within 20 years. an ambitious plan, but a start has been made. tim allman, bbc news. a reminder of our top stories this hour. in the swedish general election, the far right immigration party, the sweden democrats, have gained 18% of the vote —— anti—immigration. neither the ce ntre—left anti—immigration. neither the centre—left or the opposition centre—right coalition have won another support to form a government alone. both are unwilling to work with the sweden democrats. you can reach me and most of the team on social media. you can reach me on twitter, i'm @benmbland. this is bbc news, thank you for watching. hello there.
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we're starting the new week in the midst of a battle between warm air and cool air. we got to feel the effects of both over the weekend, the warmest weather towards the south—east, but we also had the best of the sunshine and temperatures close to 25 degrees further north. shower clouds and temperatures more like 16 degrees across the north—east of scotland. actually, this rather disturbed weather has been continuing across scotland over recent hours. some heavy downpours of rain blown in on winds gusting up to 55mph. those winds only slowly easing through the first part of the morning. further south, a quieter start to monday and a sunny start for many across england and wales, as well as the eastern side of scotland. still some showers across the north—west still. the cloud will thicken up across northern ireland over the day with rain around lunchtime and into western scotland through the afternoon.
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patchy rains in north—west england and wales. further south and east, it should stay dry with some spells of sunshine. not as warm as sunday but temperatures, but still reaching 21 degrees. 1a in glasgow. as you move into tuesday, we will see some rain moving across the northern parts of the uk, and then on tuesday itself we'll be left with a weather front settling in place across central parts of the country bringing cloud, outbreaks of rain and it could get misty and murky around some western coasts and hills. remember that battle between the warm and the cool air? it's this weather front will divide the two. across the south—east of the country there is still warm air clinging on at this stage. and temperatures may reach 2a, possibly 25 degrees. further north and west, sunshine with blustery showers into western scotland and cooler feel, 15—19 degrees at best. by wednesday, the weather front, the dividing line between warm and cool air will still be sitting in place across some and southern areas. a bit of patchy rain with that.
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further north, we'll see spells of sunshine again. blustery showers into north—west scotland but temperatures dipping away. 17 degrees is the temperature through the day there in london. as this frontal system drifts slowly south eastwards into the first part of thursday, it will leave all of us in the cooler air as it heads towards the end to the week. still potential for rain at times, particularly in the north and west. don't expect anything particularly warm as we head towards the end the week. generally cool with rain at times but not all the time. still some spells of sunshine around. most of the rain on thursday towards the and the west perhaps pushes further south and east on friday. this is bbc news. the headlines: in the swedish general election, the far—right, anti—immigration party, the sweden democrats, has gained nearly 18% of the vote. neither the ruling centre—left, nor the opposition centre—right coalition has won enough support to form a government alone but both are unwilling to work with the democrats.
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north korea has been marking the 70th anniversary of its foundation, with a series of big events. for the first time in five years it staged a ‘mass games' — a gymnastic display featuring thousands of entertainers. but the tone was more conciliatory than in previous years. russian and syrian jets are reported to have resumed intensive strikes in provinces of idlib and hama as government forces step up their assault on the rebels last major stronghold. a russian—iranian—turkish summit on friday failed to agree a ceasefire. the united nations has warned of an imminent catastrophe. now on bbc news, the week in parliament.
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